Red Dragon Canoe Club
General Membership Virtual Meeting
January 6, 2021
The meeting came to order at 7:02 PM using Zoom on-line technology.
On-line: Jennifer Cavanaugh, Jeff Rife, Pat Medeiros, Michelle and Alan Visitacion, Tom
Gilman, Del Rife, Don Powell, Beth Ziegler, Mike Dmochowski, Regina and Skip Arey, Ken
Kauker, Susan French, PJ Johnson, Claudia Brown.
Correspondent: The minutes for the December 2, 2020 members meeting were read and
Purser: Susan French reported the checking account balance is $10,265.08. Most expenses were
typical, however, the new fire protection system set up costs were $542. Susan requested budget
estimates from all officers as soon as possible, but at least by the third week of January. The
2021 budget will be approved at the January 27 board meeting. A year-end gift of $100 each for
the housekeeper and the lawn service was approved. Susan will distribute these promptly. The
purser’s report was approved.
Commodore: Don Powell expressed hope that 2021 will be a better year with the vaccine, which
will allow us to get together again at the club. Don thanked Jennifer Cavanaugh for her years
of service as Commodore.
Membership: Beth Ziegler introduced Claudia Brown as a prospective new Social member. She
has a daughter and a son and lives nearby in the River Walk development. She was approved for
Vice Commodore: Alan Visitacion reported that the recent virtual New Year’s Eve party was
enjoyable. RDCC and PJ Johnson each netted $27.50. The next planning committee meeting
will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, January 19 at 7:30 PM. Alan asked members to email ideas
for future events to him before that meeting. Initially the events will be virtual. Planning for
future in-person events will have to comply with the CDC attendance limits of 10 people indoors
and 25 people outside.
Rear Commodore: Jeff Rife recommended that the Mariner Association’s National Races be
scheduled at RDCC in 2023, because that will be our 100 th anniversary at this site. Jeff stressed
the need for volunteers to serve as coordinators for four committees: Racing, Informal Sail
Instruction "Sailing School", Youth Activities – sailing, paddling and perhaps fishing; and
Paddling events. Several members have shown interest in helping lead paddling events,
including: Ken Kauker, Pat Richmond, Candi Leasner, Denice Santora, and Jan Griswold. Don
Powell asked if there are any on-line sailing lessons available for new members to use before
beginning actual on-water practice. He could help. Jeff will explore the options.
Harbormaster: Del Rife reported that a lot of debris, including large trees, is in the river. He
encouraged members to throw small stuff back into the river when you see it on the beach.
Large items will have to be cleared in the spring. Del noted that Jeff Rife has cleared the brush
from the hill above the waterfront. It looks very good now. Rain water is accumulating on the
tarps on the boats in the backyard. Del suggested that members should use buckets to remove
this water when they are at the club.
Quartermaster: Ken Kauker noted that he can scan property survey drawings and house blue
prints into pdf files to make them readily available for any planning activities. Ken wants to
develop landscape plans for the club property, including plantings of trees and shrubs. Beth
Ziegler will email some accumulated suggestions on this topic to Ken. Don Powell and Del Rife
have identified several trees that need to be removed. Del has marked some with yellow caution
tape. Don and Ken will mark the remaining trees within a week. Jeff Rife reported several tree
stumps along the berm, which need to be marked for eventual removal. There is also a cage
protecting a copper beech seedling on the slope, which might be transplanted to a better location.
There is also a lot of English Ivy at the west end of the property, which should probably be
eliminated to avoid killing trees in the area.
Financial Secretary: No report.
DRYL: No report. DRYL is not conducting monthly meetings during the current COVID-19
Membership: Beth Ziegler announced that she has set a goal of 30 new members this year. She
is keeping in touch with various prospective members. Beth reported that Chris and Jerry
Riding, who have fulfilled their probationary membership requirements, will be moving out of
the area. They have agreed to switch to “non-resident” membership status to maintain contact
with RDCC. Beth worked with Pat Medeiros to send letters and invoices by email thanking
members for their continued support of the club and requesting payment of 2021 dues.
Shipman Mansion Foundation: Beth Ziegler read Nancy Cunningham’s report. She thanked
everyone who purchased Foundation Raffle tickets. The winners were: Mary Brandt, Ryan Page,
and Connie Rife. The raffle raised over $5,000. Additionally, the Foundation raised $2,000 with
the Giving Tuesday Facebook Fundraiser that ran during December. We look forward to a return
to lectures, Open House tours, and concerts after the COVID-19 concerns have past.
Social Media: Beth Ziegler read Nancy Cunningham’s report on recent Facebook activity. The
RDCC Facebook page now has 1,690 likes. The new goal for 2021 will be 2,021 likes. There
were 25 posts over the past 28 days. The page has been highly successful in sharing the news
about the activities of the RDCC and the Shipman Mansion Foundation over the difficult year of
2020. Our page also contributed to the fundraising efforts. Instagram now has 54 followers.
Separately, Beth requested contributions for the next issue of “Dragontales” by the end of this
Don Powell asked members to donate $25 each for security cameras to assist Jeff Rife to install
these cameras around the mansion and boat house to provide security while we are away.
Don Powell reviewed Beth Ziegler’s proposed drone training program as a way to introduce the
community to the club. Jeff Rife recommended that the program not be run inside the mansion
due to potential damage to many older items. Don Powell will request a written proposal from
Drone Legends for a spring or early summer drone festival event to be held outdoors.
Del Rife requested confirmation that the annual service had been done on the oil furnace, which
serves the apartment. He also noted that snow removal from the parking lot will be needed this
winter, at least to provide safe access to the apartment. Don Powell will email Susan French to
progress these issues.
Alan Visitacion suggested that RDCC begin to use a tag phrase, such as #down by the river, to
further promote the club. Jeff Rife will check with his wife to learn from her experience in
public relations and promotions.
Good of the Order:
Jeff Rife noted that with many new paddling members, we need a larger dinghy storage rack.
Ken Kauker suggested that the bottom rack be raised a few inches to allow river debris to flush
out from under the rack. Beth Ziegler will survey the members to determine the number of rack
positions that are needed. Ken suggested Beth ask for boat dimensions: length, width and height,
to allow design modifications that might fit up to four tiers of boats in some cases.
The next board meeting will be on January 27, 2021 at 7 PM.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:38 PM.
Respectfully submitted by
Tom Gilman – 1/7/2021